Contains a translation of thte Abhidharmakosakarika.Presents two texts that are indispensable for the study of abhidharma: Vasubandhu's seminal Treasury of Abhidharma and the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje's commentary on it, Youthful Play. Not only does the Karmapa's concise yet elegant explanation explain all the major details of Vasubandhu's text, it also provides synopses of debates among different schools that provide just enough detail for new students to understand the main points without overwhelming them. The translation is clear and easy to understand, and yet rigorous in its consistency and accuracy.
Though the abhidharma is recognized as one of the major topics of the Buddhist teachings, up until now there have been few translations of any of the great texts on it available in a Western language. This book gives thorough explanations of all the fundamental concepts and terms found in the Buddhist teachings. It presents the nature of the phenomena we experience, describes the karma and afflictions that create suffering, and shows the factors of the path that lead to liberation. It is like an encyclopedia of Buddhism that thoroughly explains the meaning of the many different technical terms found in the sutras, vinaya, and other Buddhist teachings.
"Among the three baskets of Buddhist teachings, it is important to understand the abhidharma teachings. There are three main trainings: the superior training in discipline taught by the vinaya, the superior training in samadhi taught by the sutras, and the superior training in full knowing taught by the abhidharma. Of these three trainings, the primary one for destroying the afflictions and attaining the ultimate result is the superior training in full knowing. Developing this training mainly depends on the pitaka of abhidharma, and that in turn depends mainly on the treatises of abhidharma. Of these treatises, the easiest and clearest is the Treasury of Abhidharma, so if you study the Treasury, it will bring great benefit." Thrangu Rinpoche.
"From karma to states of meditation, world systems to the workings of our minds - Vasubandhu's Treasury of Abhidharma examines the key topics of Buddhism, carefully, thoroughly, and concisely. The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje's commentary elucidates Vasubandhu's text in a way that is accessible to those new to abhidharma studies and also satisfying to those seeking a deeper understanding." Elizabeth M.Callahan.